Mitchell Shields ‘22 felt like he had to take a side in the Chicken Sandwich debate.

Popeyes or Chick-Fil-A? A loyal Chick-Fil-A customer, his opinion surprised him.

“The ingredients were better, the presentation was better, everything was better,” Shields ‘22 said about the Popeye’s sandwich.

Mile long lines, relentless twitter debates, heated arguments, a smashed Mercedes and even a casualty. All for a piece of fried meat carelessly slapped between two slices of bread.

“For $3.99, fried chicken fans can get a buttermilk-battered and hand-breaded white meat chicken fillet topped with pickles and spicy Cajun spread, served on a toasted brioche bun,” Popeyes said in a statement.

Photo of Popeyes by Ryan Mulligan

When Shields ‘22 tried the new fried chicken sandwich, he was not expecting much out of it, but he was taken by surprise from his very first bite.

“As I kept eating the sandwich I could only think how it tasted better than Chick-Fil-A’s version,” Shields ‘22 said.  “It was just a better overall experience.”

As for Ella Neumann ‘21, she has also tried the Popeyes chicken sandwich but still prefers Chick-Fil-A’s own signature chicken sandwich.

Photo of Chick-Fil-A Sandwich by Ryan Mulligan

“The Popeyes chicken sandwich is good, but it is not comparable to Chick-Fil-A,” Neumann ‘21 said. “It is its own entity.”

Neumann said that she advises people to only get the Popeyes chicken sandwich if they are craving a “decent” sandwich.

Many have not even gotten the chance to try the Popeyes chicken sandwich due to such high demand. So many customers flocked to their local Popeyes to grab a chicken sandwich that just days after it was released, the official Popeyes twitter announced that they were temporarily sold out of the chicken sandwich nationwide.

It has yet to return to various locations across America, and fans of Chick-Fil-A are eager to compare the two competing chicken sandwiches.

“The Popeyes near me is still sold out but I really want to try the chicken sandwich,” Kerri McDonough ‘21 said. “I just want to see what the hype is all about.”

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